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All ELC news stories are archived here in reverse chronological order. They are also categorized by state in the menu on the left, with New Jersey further broken out into separate subject areas.

PRE-K FUNDING INCREASED TO COMPLY WITH ABBOTT COURT ORDER

Published on: September 17, 2011

The NJDOE notified the state’s poor urban districts of a $7.9 million increase in preschool education aid in FY12, ensuring the Christie Administration’s full compliance with the NJ Supreme Court’s May 2011 order in the landmark Abbott v. Burke education equity litigation.

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WISCONSIN LEADS THE NATION IN CUTTING SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: September 15, 2011

Wisconsin has found its way back to the top of a list about public education, and it's not a good thing for kids, schools, or their communities. According to a study, the Badger State cut the most per-student public school aid in the country, comparing the 2011 fiscal year to the 2012 fiscal year.

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ELC Guide The Right to Special Education in NJ Now Available in Spanish

Published on: September 7, 2011

In an effort to provide increased access to information about special education, the ELC publication, “The Right to Special Education in New Jersey: A Guide for Advocates,” has been translated into Spanish. The translation was facilitated by the law firm Skadden Arps.

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NEWARK SCHOOL CLOSURE: STATE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION SHUTDOWN CONTINUES TO PUT STUDENTS IN HARM'S WAY

Published on: September 6, 2011

For the second time in 18 months, the Newark school district has issued an emergency order closing the Wilson Avenue school and causing the reassignment of approximately 800, first-to-eighth grade students to schools outside their Ironbound neighborhood.

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STATE FINDS LACK OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF IN ANOTHER PATERSON SCHOOL

Published on: September 1, 2011

As a result of a complaint filed by ELC, the NJDOE has directed the Paterson school district to provide additional special education instruction to 39 students in School Number 10. This is the third finding that Paterson’s inadequate staffing for the 2010-2011 school year has led to the denial of special education and related services to students with disabilities.

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WHAT?! HANUSHEK SHOWS UP AGAIN?

Published on: September 1, 2011

When parents and school districts go to court trying to win fair funding for under-resourced schools, Dr. Rick Hanushek, an economist at the conservative Hoover Institution, usually gets a phone call. State defendants pay him to testify as an expert witness in lawsuits, but the money would probably be better spent on educating kids.

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HOW THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET VETO HURT SCHOOL DISTRICTS: THE BREAKDOWN

Published on: August 1, 2011

When Governor Christie took his red pen to the Democrats’ FY12 State Budget, he removed full funding of the state school aid formula for the 2011-12 school year. As a result, 550 districts are now off-formula for the second straight year. Find out how much your district lost.

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ELC Fights Arbitrary Graduation Decisions on Behalf of Students and Families

Published on: July 25, 2011

Over the past few months, ELC attorneys helped numerous parents and high school seniors resolve a variety of attempts by school districts across New Jersey to prevent students from graduating, force students to graduate prematurely, and deny participation in graduation ceremonies.

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